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abrace

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All,

I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a mill. As a bit of history, I purchased the Grizzly G4003G last winter around this time and finally got it installed this spring. I haven't used it as much as I would like yet because I spent most of the year finishing up my shop.

Now it is time to get a mill. I am looking at the G0755 and the PM-932M. I am also toying with the PM-940M.

I am a hobbyist. This isn't for professional work. What would I be machining? Not sure exactly, but a hobby of mine is to build small safes, cabinets, and lockers. Yes, I know that is strange, but I took a couple of locksmithing/safe tech courses over a decade ago and I got into it. I would like to machine my own bolts, handles, hinges and boltwork for these.

In addition, I occasionally work on firearms and would like to get into that a bit more. Finishing some 80% AR15 lower receivers for example.

Ideally I would keep the purchase price under $3K including a vise (but not including tooling). I realize the 940M would put me out of that range. I could swing it if it really made sense.

Also, is the power down feed on the quill really worth the extra $$$ if I went for a PM? Looks to be another $300. Easy to get feature creep on these purchases!

Thanks, and sorry for what is a redundant post. I have seen a few of these threads and read them all, but none seemed to describe my situation exactly.
 

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I'd buy the PM940 all over again. It never hurts to have he extra capacity and the excellent customer service and warranty support from Matt and his team at QMT.
 

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I'm limping along with a PM25, the little brother of the 940. While power down feed is nice, I really don't miss it. I've bored holes an inch deep, fed out for good finish, and all that. Power feed would be a bit easier, but I've got nothing but time. Happy with my '25.'
You won't miss the down feed.
 

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I have the PM932 without power down feed. I am also a hobbyist and have not yet ran across a situation where I wish I had bought the PDF. I would recommend putting the $300 towards a DRO. It's well worth the money and I wouldn't want to be without it. Also Matt at PM has been great to work with.
 

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I'd get what ever machine option you can afford up front. PDF can't easily be added later but you can add a DRO anytime as finances allow.
 

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I'd get what ever machine option you can afford up front. PDF can't easily be added later but you can add a DRO anytime as finances allow.
Thats a very good point.

To ask the question a little different way.

Would I be better off with a 932 with the PDF or the 940 without PDF based on the types of projects I listed?


Also, I am not seeing a lot of Grizzly recommendations...seems like PM is everyone's recommendation.
 

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I have the G0755. It is a good machine. Solid and accurate for over 3 years. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again or a PM. I like the 940.
Dave
 

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Same here on the G0755. I put a DRO on it and love it. Haven't had any problems. I imagine that you would be happy with either one. Decide what you're using it for and pick the appropriate size and options. If you're going to do a lot of boring then the PDF might be nice. I don't have it and have never had any problems boring. The 0755 has a power head lift which is nice but it's a little fast to be used as a down feed. It also has the power cross feed which I use all the time. Whichever mill you pick, get a DRO, it is probably the best accessory you can add.
 

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I was leaning towards the PM-932 but they don't seem to have any non-PDF ones in stock and doesn't seem like any are even on order. This seems to make the G0755 a couple hundreds dollars cheaper than the PM-932PDF. Is the PDF really worth a couple hundred dollars? I would rather not spend that money and would rather put it towards a vice or tooling. Any thoughts?
 

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You will enjoy either one. The question is, how man times will you use the PDF in the course of a year. I have the 0755, it doesn't have the PDF and never having one, I don't see the need for one. It would probably be different if I used my boring head more than once or twice a year but I don't. On the other hand, the power cross feed I gotta have. The power head lift, I gotta have. If I were you, I'd take the savings and buy a DRO. The DRO is the best accessory you can buy and that you will use ALL the time.
 

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Matt has been able to sell me on the benefits of his machine versus the Grizzly. It looks like I am going to spring for the PDF option after all. I will keep you posted.
 

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PM-932 was ordered. Took a while because I decided to pay by check and I had to mail it out. Delivery company is coming on Thursday.
 
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